January 17, 2002 |
An explorer flies all the way to the South Pole but has to ask someone else to fly him out. Question: What is it called? a) A triumph of aviation? b) An embarrassment? c) A diplomatic snafu? Answer: All three. On Jan. 8, Artur Chilingarov, a deputy speaker of Russia's parliament and a polar scientist, flew with some adventurous buddies to the South Pole.
May 6, 2001 |
Though explorer Ann Bancroft has traversed the ice to the North and South poles, her most difficult challenges didn't take place in the frigid wilderness. She overcame a learning disability to achieve a lifelong goal of becoming a teacher. Years later, she also quickly developed business skills so she could raise money for her expeditions. Those, she said, proved to be greater challenges than towing a 250-pound sled across wild Antarctica in minus-30-degree weather.
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March 5, 2010 |
It's 40 degrees below zero on Russia's Lake Baikal and the cold is debilitating. Ray Zahab and Kevin Vallely are traveling 26 miles every day, sleeping four to five hours a night, battling snowstorms and consuming freeze-dried meals of spaghetti and chicken tikka. Though the duo, who started out with 110-pound sleds, are attempting to cross the length of the frozen lake in 10 days, this isn't another extreme sports feat. Instead, it's an attempt to educate and inspire more than 8,000 students in 37 schools across the country and Canada, as the explorers communicate via satellite from halfway across the world.
July 7, 1993 |
Who said dinosaurs are extinct? Starting July 17, Knott's Berry Farm will be challenging young dinosaur lovers to go on daily expeditions to find the ubiquitous but sometimes elusive beasts. Children attending the amusement park during an upcoming promotion known as "Dinosaur Days," which will run daily until Labor Day, will be dubbed junior paleontologists and given the chance to go on a dinosaur safari.
May 3, 1993 |
The helicopter intercom pops with nervous voices: "93% . . . 96% . . . 103% . . . I can't see a thing. . . . Me either. . . . Don't like this one bit! . . . Nope! . . . Kerthunk. Kerthunk." Translation: The twin-rotor Army Chinook CH-47, flying over the Kahiltna Glacier on North America's mightiest mountain, is attempting to land search-and-rescue supplies. But as it makes its approach, its twin turbine engines are torqued beyond their safe capacity at this high altitude.
August 31, 1992 |
Bezal Jesudason keeps his table set for 15, here on remote Cornwallis Island high in the Canadian Arctic archipelago. He never knows who may be dropping in for dinner. There were the New Agers from Winnipeg, on their way by sledge to the magnetic North Pole, where they hoped to beget a super-baby. There was the Japanese film crew making a movie called "Antarctica"; because they were at the wrong end of the globe, they had to use stuffed penguins as props.
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March 15, 1998 |
Flying high in a helicopter over a shimmering Arabian desert, Nicholas Clapp began to wonder whether he wasn't truly crazy after all. Sprawling beneath him was the Rub' al Khali, or Empty Quarter--an endless expanse of forbidding isolation known for its majestic dunes that rise up 60 stories from the desert floor like great ocher-colored waves of rolling sand.
June 12, 2001 |
Life is risky. When I first met Brad and Barbara Washburn 13 years ago, I didn't realize Brad had known Amelia Earhart, the legendary pilot who disappeared in the Pacific while attempting an around-the-world flight in July 1937. Not only had he known Earhart and her husband, publisher G.P. Putnam, but Brad--a respected cartographer and mountaineer--had spent a weekend at their home advising her on plans for the adventure that was her dream, and her death.
May 9, 1996 |
Richard E. Byrd, the famed American polar explorer who claimed in 1926--70 years ago today--to have been the first person to fly over the North Pole, may actually have turned back two hours and 150 miles short of his goal, according to new evidence released by Ohio State University's Byrd Polar Research Institute. The clues are in Byrd's long lost diary of the expedition, which an archivist at the center recently found in a mislabeled box of Byrd's memorabilia.
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January 6, 1994 |
Tiptoeing 35 feet above the ground on a jiggly high wire, Kristin Taday grabbed a rope dangling above her head to steady herself. Still, she leaned precipitously toward the ground. "Holy Mary, Mother, I love you!" the Thousand Oaks 17-year-old shouted.